A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
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Whether it's Florentine's creative alterations between flair and smoothness in the action scenes, or its un-pc jetting gore, Ninja takes you back to the time in which action films weren't afraid to be purely fun, dumb, and gloriously in bad taste. For every silly element-- surface level acting and its tired narrative-- an action set piece comes that left my jaw on the floor. Also, dig how unfussy the plot moves.
Adkins' athletic prowess aside (and he's easy on the eyes), I'm annoyed and fatigued by the ethnic stereotypes and misappropriation of Japanese culture by yet another American film. Until the day there's a movie where a foreigner becomes the ultimate American hero and the heir & protector of American "culture", this inequity won't go away.